How Today's Plan fuels Team Sky's nutrition plans

10 Jul 2017

How Today's Plan fuels Team Sky's nutrition plans

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As well as playing a major role in the team’s performance planning and analysis, Today’s Plan has become a key component of the riders’ nutrition and wellness programme.

How a rider fuels for a training ride can be just as important as the ride itself, and through Today’s Plan’s bespoke data analytics programme Team Sky’s coaches are able to guide the riders on what they should eat before, during and after a training ride.
 
As well as receiving that guidance through the Today’s Plan app, a rider can keep a record of everything they eat and drink during a ride, allowing the team’s performance staff to monitor the effect of that day’s fuel on the training performance.
 
James Morton, Team Sky’s Head of Nutrition, described Today’s Plan as an ‘essential’ part of helping the team ‘plan, monitor and deliver winning performances’.
 
He said: “With Today’s Plan, each rider’s training calendar is bespoke to map out of how the rider should fuel and recover. The insights need to be dynamic day-by-day and meal-by-meal according to the goals of the sessions. Today’s Plan also allows each rider to keep a record of all of the fuel and fluid they consumed during their ride. In this way, we can monitor how fuelling status is affecting training adaptation and racing performance and continually refine our nutritional approach to training and racing.
 
“Today’s Plan has therefore become an essential component of how we plan, monitor and deliver winning performances.”

James Morton on Today's Plan

James Morton on Today's Plan

The system allows coaches to accurately manage a rider’s condition over a prolonged period of time, helping to manage weight loss in a healthier, more progressive manner. This, combined with rider wellness information and bike sensor data that is also captured in Today's Plan, allows the team to form an overall picture of each rider's preparation and performance.
 
The app itself employs a simple traffic light system to inform the rider what level of carbohydrate to take on for each meal, with four key points of the day outlined: morning, in-activity, post-activity and evening.
 
Tim Kerrison, Head of Performance Support, expanded on how the app works for the riders and how it controls the work they do.
 
He said: “We think of a training session as a training prescription. There is the training we ask the riders to do in that session, plus a nutrition subscription. Depending on how the riders fuel a session, you can have the same training session with a different nutrition plan, and get a different outcome.” 
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